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Chicago Med – We’re Lost in the Dark (5×02)

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Chicago Med continues to surprise and excel in its fifth season.

After a steller, albeit slightly soap opera-ish, premiere, the doctors at Gaffney brought life to a predictable and common trope.

The power outage caused by a storm pushed the doctors to their limits, and we almost got through the hour without any of their personal lives hijacking the storyline.

Almost being the keyword.

A focus on medical storylines always delivers great results and forces the ED to work together.

But things start to fall apart when the series tries to draw connections between the textbook material and what’s happening to the doctors in their personal lives.

We saw the same back-and-forth with Natalie and Will as we had in previous seasons. The addition of the brain injury causing memory loss trope paired with the possibility of Phillip being a complete nutjob was promising even if it was a bit much.

I mean, they basically sounded the alarm on Phillip in the Chicago Med season 5 premiere.

But we didn’t see any of that.

Nor did we get to see how Natalie’s injury was affecting her life outside of the romance aspect.

The whole arc was created with the sole purpose of creating more unnecessary drama between Will and Natalie.

While Natalie still had memory loss — as in she didn’t remember the proposal that never happened — there wasn’t any mention of her relationship with Phillip being off.

Will approached Natalie to welcome her back and things seemed fine between them. When Natalie told Maggie that she didn’t have feelings for Phillip anymore, a possible side-effect of her brain injuries, it seemed like a Will and Natalie reconciliation was on the horizon.

And then, like clockwork, Will pushed too far, got too invested in Natalie’s relationship, and pushed her away.

She got defensive of her relationship and without even wanting to, Will pushed her back into Phillip’s arms.

There’s no universe in which Natalie and Will’s storyline isn’t dysfunctional.

No matter how many times they try it always plays out the exact same way.

Phillip might be crazy but Will’s clinging to something he should have let go of a while ago.

On her first day back, Natalie was put under immense pressure when she was trapped in an elevator with a gunshot patient in a severe state.

She pulled through with the help of Chicago Fire’s Matt Casey, but it wasn’t without a few hiccups and headaches.

Natalie may seem fine but she’s been through a traumatic event herself — maybe she isn’t exactly ready for a full comeback.

Another person who should probably take it easy is Maggie.

If there’s anything we take away from the episode is that Maggie won’t be able to keep her chemo under wraps for too long.

Maggie doesn’t lean on people for help — she likes to be the one that people come to.

But asking for help is a necessary quality and one that she needs to embrace if she wants to beat this.

No one would look down on her. Yes, they might stop her from doing her job, but it’s best for her to take it easy.

If it had been just any other day, she could have gotten away with working her full shift.

Unfortunately, it was a long, high-stress day and the combination of chemo, doing too much, and the extreme heat took its toll on Maggie.

At the very least, she should tell her best friends April and Natalie.

They deserve to know and be there for her.

Noah’s back in the ED. His absence for the last half of the season wasn’t addressed, and he was thrown back right into the mix presenting the episode with somewhat of an ethical dilemma.

Noah didn’t agree with Dr. Marcel’s aggressive approach to selling bypass surgery to a patient.

It’s unclear if the patient’s situation was as dire as Dr. Marcel made it seem, but nevertheless, the patient agreed.

Noah seemed to have his hesitations even more so when the power went out.

If Marcel hadn’t been so persuasive, the patient wouldn’t have been in this situation.

But nothing else was explored in terms of ethics.

Noah later joined in on the surgery offering an extra hand and impressing Marcel who said he has “good hands.”

There’s no denying the whole reason for this scene was for Noah to get inspired and ditch his vision of a clinic to pursue a specialization.

While Noah stepped up to the plate during a time of crisis, poor Steve didn’t fair as well.

The medical student was thrown into the hubbub of the power outage when Dr. Choi learned he wanted to be an ED doctor and neede an extra hand.

Steve’s experience was just as traumatic as the patient’s life-or-death situation.

Seeing him overwhelmed and shocked by the situation unfolding in front of him was understandable — this was his first day!

He wasn’t ready to go into war-mode. Even experienced doctors were in panic mode.

So it was no surprise that by the end, Steve said that he was quitting despite his love for medicine.

To be fair, not every day is this intense, but the job isn’t for the faint of heart. If your heart isn’t in it, it’s probably best to find a different career path.

Dr. Choi wondered if he was too hard on the guy, but in reality, there was no time to ease him into a situation.

Despite walking him through everything, Dr. Choi treated him like a doctor and threw him in right into the action.

Steve wasn’t ready.

If that’s where this plot finished it would have been solid, but instead, the writers tried to tie it back to April and Ethan’s desire to have children.

Dr. Choi didn’t hold Steve’s hand or anticipate his needs (he was a little preoccupied) so that somehow meant that April would make a good mom cause she at least offered him a granola bar and water.

It’s a stretch to reiterate that the writers want these two to be parents at all costs.

And then there was Halstead’s patients, three girls who were suffering from seizures.

The “infection” started with one, spread to the second girl and then finally the third.

But seeing Dr. Charles lurk in the background with his brow furrowed meant that he was about to make a psychiatric breakthrough.

He didn’t believe Halstead’s theory that all these girls were infected.

They may have been exhibiting seizures and symptoms, but they were also attempting to study for AP Calculus while shaking and throwing up.

Turns out, Dr. Charles was right — the girls weren’t infected, they were simply under an immense amount of stress and were exhibiting a follower’s syndrome, which sounds like something we’d diagnose people on social media with.

The pressure to succeed will do that to you.

The moment Dr. Charles had a psychiatric theory and asked to have the girls in one room, I figured it would be something involving a placebo drug (tic tacs!) and anxiety.

What did you think of the episode?

Are you tired of Will and Natalie’s same old love story?

Do you think Maggie should come clean?

Have you missed Dr. Charles’ psychiatric diagnoses?

Should Dr. Choi and April cool it or get pregnant already?


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Chicago Med Review – Out of Line (6×14)

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Chicago Med Review A Red Pill, A Blue Pill Season 6 Episode 14

Chicago Med welcomed a handful of new med students on “A Red Pill, a Blue Pill,” including Maggie’s biological daughter, Vanessa Taylor. 

Even before her first day, we knew Vanessa’s time in the ED was going to be problematic.

Parents will do anything for their children, but in Maggie’s case, she went the extra mile. She didn’t just want to help Vanessa get ahead, she also wanted to spend time with her and get to know her.

In doing so, she made Goodwin and Choi suspicious about all the attention she was giving Vanessa, while simultaneously sabotaging in her attempts to impress Choi. 

Having Maggie and Vanessa working in the same ED is clearly a recipe for disaster. 

By the end of the hour, Goodwin figured out Maggie’s connection to Vanessa, and she wasn’t pleased that her employee/friend kept this from her. 

As for Vanessa, she didn’t want anything to do with Maggie after being humiliated and scolded by Ethan on her first day. 

Maggie’s a pretty sensible person, so it’s frustrating that she didn’t just let Vanessa prove herself. If she’s as bright as Maggie thinks she is, she would’ve made a good impression without the meddling. 

There’s also the fact that Maggie’s lying to Vanessa, which is a breach of trust. If she thinks Vanessa’s upset with her now, imagine how she’ll react when she finds out the truth about their relationship. 

She might even begin to doubt herself and think she only got into the program because her mother vouched for her.

Maggie wasn’t the only one letting her emotions get the best of her. 

Natalie rushed her mother to the ED because of complications following her LVAD, and it was obvious that her secret was going to bubble up to the surface. 

Halstead already had his suspicions when Nat began asking about specific side-effects of the Kender trial drug, but when Carol mentioned she was taking some blue pill that Natalie gave her, he basically had all the proof he needed. 

Will’s reaction was exactly what I expected, and it was pretty ridiculous that Manning tried to play the victim and pretend he was being out of line with his accusations. 

She was insulting his intelligence by playing down the situation. 

When you’re caught red-handed, you have to own up to it, girl!

Of course, Halstead’s wrath didn’t last too long. When Carol began showing signs of improvement, he gave Natalie the drugs back and then promised to get her more. 

They may want it to be their little secret, but how naive can they be?

If anyone did a little digging, they’d be able to figure it out. Halstead specifically asked Sabeena about the drugs interactions with an LVAD just as Natalie’s mom made a miraculous recovery and was being taken off the LVAD. 

Crockett seemed skeptical of Carol’s improvement, and I’m pretty sure he pieced it together. 

Pills don’t just go missing right around the same time a patient’s help improves in an unprecedented way!

Maggie and Natalie may have made some mistakes, but Med’s biggest problem is officially Dr. Asher. 

I’ve never liked the guy, and it’s fair to say most of the staff don’t get good vibes from him either. 

He’s pulled a handful of stunts with April, and now, he’s got bad blood with Dr. Charles, whom he keeps brushing off when it comes to therapy. 

By not dealing with his emotions and past trauma, Dr. Asher is just letting all of his anger fester. 

And it resulted in one hell of an angry outburst after he wasn’t able to treat a patient the way he wanted to.

In fact, Asher always seems to get really snippy when he doesn’t get his way.

His patient, Neil, kept refusing treatment because he thought they were in a computer simulation. That’s a new one.

It’s definitely something that would irritate any doctor, especially one who wanted to help a patient before their appendix ruptured. 

However, Asher had no right to undermine Charles’s diagnosis. Asher might not believe in therapy and psychologists, but Charles is good at his job and generally knows what he’s talking about. 

The fact that Asher dismissed Charles and kept calling Neil a nutjob was concerning. At the end of the day, he was his patient, and if that’s what he believed in, they needed to honor that and work around it. 

It’s even more concerning that he purposefully drugged a patient to force treatment and get his way.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to prove it, but Asher is now on everyone’s radar. 

He’s crossed April and Charles, and he’s slowly beginning to lose Choi’s trust. 

I don’t see this ending well for him unless he gets the necessary help!

Crockett had the b-line plot for the week as he dealt with a newborn that was a victim of a drive-by shooting. The storyline was heartbreaking and it was supposed to touch upon Crockett’s own loss, but with everything else going on, it just didn’t stand out. 

What did you think about the episode? 

Let us know in the comments below! 


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Torrey DeVitto, Yaya DaCosta Leaving ‘Chicago Med’ Ahead of Season 7

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Someone rush over a crash cart because this news has crushed us!

Chicago Med is losing two incredible cast members ahead of the NBC drama’s seventh season. 

Torrey DeVitto, who plays doctor Natalie Manning, and Yaya DaCosta, who plays nurse April Sexton, will not be returning in the fall, per Deadline.

DaCosta is leaving to lead Lee Daniels’ Our Kind of People, which nabbed a straight-to-series order at FOX. 

DeVitto, from Pretty Little Liars and One Tree Hill fame, will star in an upcoming indie film titled Skelly. 

She even confirmed the news to her fans on social media, writing: “Well, looks like the cat is out of the bag…All good things must come to an end.

It has been such an honor and pure joy to bring Dr. Natalie Manning to life for all of you on Chicago Med for the past 6 seasons. But it is now time for her and me to bow out and say goodbye.

Thank you to all you loyal watchers who adored her as much as I did.

I can’t wait to share what’s to come with all of you. New adventures await!”

Both DeVitto and DaCosta have appeared in the #OneChicago franchise since Med’s premiere in 2015.

Per the publication, their contracts were up at the end of season 6 and both actresses decided not to renew. 

The rest of the cast ( S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi and Marlyne Barrett as nurse Maggie Lockwood) is expected to return pending contract negotiations.

All three Chicago shows were renewed for three additional seasons back in 2020 — Chicago Fire through season 11, Chicago PD through season 10, and Chicago Med through season 8.

The current storylines have seemingly been setting up for the actresses’ exits as Manning found herself in hot water after stealing medication to help her mother, while April decided to return to nursing school. 

We’ll definitely miss DeVitto and DaCosta, but we wish them the best of luck in future projects!

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Chicago Med Review – What a Tangled Web We Weave (6×13)

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Chicago Med Review What a Tangled Web We Weave Season 6 Episode 13

It’s rare that a Chicago Med episode focuses on Sharon Goodwin!

We’re used to seeing her mediating problems that arise within the hospital and between doctors, but on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 13, she was in the driver’s seat… quite literally.

A car accident sent Goodwin into a spiral after she accidentally hit a young boy who was on his bicycle.

The accident made Goodwin, who is usually levelheaded, act wildly out of character as she tried to “fix” the situation. 

Dr. Choi and Dr. Charles advised her not to get involved as it was grounds for a lawsuit, but she simply couldn’t help herself.

Even when she was cleared of any wrongdoing — the police confirmed that the boy came out of nowhere and it wasn’t her fault — she was still overcome with guilt and wanted to help in any way she could. 

Confronting the mother wasn’t the smartest choice on her part. Audiences and hospital staff know Goodwin, her character, and her heart, so we know she meant well and was coming from a place of love, but to a mother whose world has just been turned upside down, it was too soon and looked like damage-control. 

No matter what led to the accident, the mom couldn’t help but blame Goodwin for what she’d done.

Things got even worse when Goodwin found out that DCFS was involved as the crash led them to the revelation that the mother was working a night shift and leaving her kids home alone.

Goodwin decided to offer the mother a custodian job at Gaffney during the day in hopes of alleviating some of the burden, which was actually a great solution and the least she could do.

Unfortunately, we never found out if they called off DCFS and if the mom was able to keep custody of her children. 

You’d think after putting so much effort into the storyline, we’d at least get to see the resolution for the family. 

The storyline briefly shined a light on the struggles of single mothers who have to work crazy hours to support their families and who can’t afford a sitter. Though I still wish there was more emphasis on how society as a whole could support moms in need so that they don’t have to get penalized by the government for doing their best. Most moms would rather not leave their children home alone but simply don’t have a choice. 

Things also aren’t looking great for Natalie Manning. 

Dr. Halstead was alerted to the missing trial drugs as they were never sent back, and when Natalie began asking too many questions, he likely figured out that she had something to do with their disappearance. Natbasically blew her own cover.

Chicago Med Review What a Tangled Web We Weave Season 6 Episode 13

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Why else would she ask about a random side-effect unless she had come in contact with a patient exhibiting the side-effect? 

Obviously, this isn’t just bad for Natalie, it’s also terrible for Will because, as he noted, he’s responsible for the drugs. And he’s already on Sabine’s hit list. 

I’m also surprised that Natalie thought that there would be no repercussions for her actions. 

How does a doctor simply believe that no one is going to care if pills go missing? If they weren’t sent back then there’s a huge likelihood that they got into the wrong hands. 

And since they’re part of a trial, the patient taking the drugs needs to be constantly monitored and assessed. 

In trying to help her mother, Natalie may have just made things worse, especially if Carol begins to display concerning symptoms. A persistent cough might only be the beginning.

Natalie realized that the situation was getting out of hand, so when Crockett began asking for her to be honest about what was going on, she decided to break up with him. 

I’ve said this in previous reviews, but I’ll say it again — why can’t the writers just allow for one healthy relationship? Why does every relationship need to be sabotaged?

In this case, Natalie broke up with Crockett to protect him otherwise he’d be considered an accomplice if she told him the truth, but it still sucks. 

He opened up to her, he was honest with her about his past and his trauma, and it ended with her “needing space” and breaking his heart! 

Honestly, no one was making sound decisions, which I guess made the title of the episode “What a Tangled Web We Weave” all the more fitting. 

Maggie volunteered at a college fair because she knew it would allow her to meet Vanessa, the daughter she gave up for adoption. 

The worst/best part of the situation was that Vanessa was a delight. 

Maggie should be proud that her daughter is a bright young woman that’s pursuing a medical degree. But it’s also a heartbreaking realization that you missed out on so many crucial moments in this girl’s life. 

Maggie tried to think that it was a sign that they were both in the same field, but I think that’s just her way of trying to find common ground with her daughter and hoping she subconsciously had some influence on her life.

And while it’s great that she got to meet her, it’s a betrayal of trust and one that could potentially backfire, especially as Maggie vouched for Vanessa to get a residency at Gaffney. 

You know Vanessa is going to come work at Med and Maggie will get attached.

She can’t hide her identity forever. If she’s going to be in Vanessa’s life, she has to be transparent about who she is. 

Dr. Archer continues to be absolutely terrible, and I can’t figure out his character at all.

What’s his deal?

We know he suffers from PTSD and refused to seek out therapy with Dr. Charles despite Choi’s orders, but now he’s got some beef with April for no apparent reason. 

He tried to throw April under the bus after Choi supported her treatment suggestion. It felt as though he was trying to sabotage her by forcing her to perform a procedure even as she voiced her discomfort. 

Then, when she confronted him about it, he tried to turn it around on her and blamed it on her lack of confidence. What the hell?

It didn’t really track considering he raved about how brilliant she was and offered to vouch for her to a medical director of a school. 

It was also strange that he focused on April still being close friends with her ex as if that somehow played a role in her career. 

Is he jealous? Is he smitten with April? Is he intimated? Does he want her to fail or succeed? I can’t really tell what’s going on here. 

What did you think of the episode? What’s your take on Dr. Archer? I can’t be the only one who thinks he’s been shady ever since he got hired.

Do you think Manning is going to be exposed? Is Will going to pay the ultimate price?

Will Carol’s condition worsen because of the medication?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments below! 


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